Acknowledging Courage on Display

on Mar 18, 2020
The Throughline

CEL’s mission is to support the work of courageous education leaders across the country. The leaders we work with show their courage each and every day in classrooms, schools and school system central offices.

Over these past couple of weeks, I’ve observed with awe the work of these same leaders as they led their communities’ responses to the outbreak of COVID-19. Across the country, it has become clear that in the toughest of times, our families and communities rely on their schools for support, sustenance, and leadership.

Not surprisingly, teachers, school staff, principals, central office staff and superintendents have shown what it really means to show up for their students. With equity as a driving core value, school systems, often within days, pulled together plans for the intellectual and physical care of their students. Whether it be continuing day care, providing meals for students, or determining the best ways to continue student learning, our nation’s educators are working tirelessly to provide for their students.

As an organization, we acknowledge and applaud these efforts. To be honest, we often get to see leaders pushing the limits of what is possible for students. And in this case, we see them pushing the limits of what they can do to ensure the safety and well-being of students, families and communities.

One of the leaders we work with recently said:

“To be honest with you, I feel like this situation is exactly why I got into education and why I aspire to be a superintendent.

My goal is to make our communities better and provide outreach to reduce barriers. No greater time than now!”

Over the coming weeks we are eager to do our part to support leaders like you. We are starting by listening to your needs, offering small doses of inspiration, and establishing opportunities for connection.

We are inspired by the leadership we are seeing. This inspires our own courage and desire to join in you in your equity agendas during good times and these extraordinary times.



About the author

Max Silverman is the executive director of the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) where he provides leadership for improving school systems focused on equitable outcomes for students.
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